Kidnapped Norwegian Diplomat Dies in Yemen Shootout

Published June 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A gunfight between Yemeni police and four armed kidnappers left a Norweigian diplomat dead, just hours after he and his young son were taken hostage, reported The Associated Press Sunday, quoting Norway's foreign ministry. Gudbrand Stuve, 44, was shot in the gunfight after his four captors were stopped at a police checkpoint, said the agency, quoting a ministry spokesman as saying.  

"It turned into a shootout between the kidnappers and the police, and Stuve was hit," the spokesman said. "He died a short while later." Stuve's nine-year-old son was not injured, AP added.  

The ministry said there were unconfirmed reports that one of the kidnappers was killed and the three others escaped.  

Officials in Yemen could not be reached for comment.  

Stuve and his son were kidnapped when they went to a repair shop in Yemen's capital, San'a. Stuve's wife alerted police, and about two hours later, police stopped the four kidnappers and their hostages on the outskirts of the city, according to the Norwegian foreign ministry, said AP.  

Stuve had just completed a four-year assignment as a diplomatic secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia.  

He and his family were touring parts of Africa and the Middle East by car before returning to Norway.  

The official said that Norway would do everything in its power to see the kidnappers brought to justice, according to the agency - Albawaba.com  

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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